My last visit to Gage Park was a fairly quiet one; only a few people around.
As I walked through the rose garden I heard quiet whispers of conversation here and there but couldn’t make out the words or see who the voices belonged to. At one point I was focusing my lens on a rose and heard a shaky voice say ”walk a little slower”; I widened my view and caught a glimpse of a man enjoying a walk in the rose garden with his elderly mother.
I captured them in a few of my shots that day.
Walk A Little Slower Son
Once Upon A Memory
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Back in August I took a little road trip to the city of Topeka once again. Yes; I could have taken shots of tall buildings, the capitol dome [still being worked on by the way], traffic, or even the awesome finds at the second-hand shops when K and I went thrift shopping.
But I decided to photograph nature instead.
Yep; awesome nature right in the middle of the city.
Here we go with three random shots of the great outdoors ~ city style.
Purple Cone Flower – at Gage Park
A beautiful tree – Standing Tall
and this guy…
Not sure if he was a crane or maybe a blue heron but he was well hidden among the tress at the edge of a pond in Gage Park. I didn’t even see him until my faithful assistant Bella Dog pointed him out. She told me he was there just in time to snap one quick shot before he decided that, just maybe, a large black dog was not the kind of friend he wanted to make that day and headed off to the next pond.
I love a road trip! Especially when you venture off the beaten path and make a few stops along the way.
On one such recent trip with #1, CP, #3, #4, and myself we ventured down a few dirt roads looking for an old mill. We never did find the old mill but we did find an old bridge!
This old iron and wood bridge sits at what looks like the end of Buffalo Rd in Butler county; near Douglass Kansas. I believe it is still open to traffic although we did not drive across; I saw no barricades to indicate it was closed.
I did a quick Google search to see if I could find any information about this old bridge and here’s what I found from a site called BridgeHunter.com…
- It’s called the Walnut River Bridge.
- It is located 0.7 mi. west and 2.0 mi. south of Douglass in Butler county Kansas.
- It was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio.
- It may have been built in the mid 1890s.
- It is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
- As of 2005 the average daily traffic across this bridge was 75.
- In 2010 it received a deck condition rating of satisfactory (6 out of 9), a superstructure condition rating of fair (5 out of 9), a substructure condition rating of satisfactory (6 out of 9), and a structurally deficient sufficiency rating of 18.6 out of 100.
These photos will be added to KKHPhotos.com.
I may just have to see if I can find more of these old bridges some day.
While visiting #4 at Mortica Farms I tried a little night photography. I figured out there in the countryside away from all the street lights would be a good place to challenge myself with that.
Boy you should have heard the coyotes singing while we were out there in the dark. I’m just glad they stayed on the other side of the field!
This first image is a quick shot of the house at night with the fire pits all lit up. Pretty cool!
The second is a 2 minute exposure of the house without the added light from the fire pits; and a couple more lights turned off.
The last image is a fun composite of the two. I tried out the HDR tool in DPP and played around with all 6 of the sliders to come up with this Halloween House. That’s a fun little tool; I hadn’t tested it out before.
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Tomorrow…… the old bridge…….
Just finished going through the photos from Mortica Farms and found a few more I thought I’d share.
These images have not made their way into any of the public galleries at KKHPhotos.com, yet, but I’ll get them there over the next day or two. [If I can force myself to work with all this awesome fall weather going on outside today!]
More photos from Mortica Farms tomorrow…